April 23, 2004

Enough of the Holodeck, already...

After reading Janet Murray's landmark book, Hamlet on the Holodeck, I've determined that I wouldn't really care to try out a holodeck. A holodeck, according to Star Trek, would be a virtual reality space (using holograms?) where humans can become a character in a story and interact with realistic looking 3-D characters. The problem with the holodeck, according to the show, is how one could be so immersed that one loses touch with reality.

Posted by Julie Young at April 23, 2004 12:58 AM

I'm with you, Julie.

Although I understand the allure of the holodeck. It allows the user to control reality; bend it to their will. Whereas that does take the spontaneity out of things, it is a comforting thought.

If you are up for reading (or watching) some silly sci-fi, I recommend you read check out "Red Dwarf: Better Than Life," which explores similar themes. (Note, the book is much better...but the tv series is funny)

Posted by: Sarcasmo at April 23, 2004 10:33 AM

Sounds a whole lot like the "ractives" from a novel I read for my lit. class called _The Diamond Age_. Interacting with others in a technological space--who knew.

Posted by: Karissa at April 23, 2004 12:44 PM

Ah, The Diamond Age. That's my favorite Stephenson book.

Posted by: Sarcasmo at April 23, 2004 03:37 PM
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